• The American (2010)

The American

Release Date: September 1st, 2010

DVD Release Date: December 28th, 2010

R |1 hr 45 min

Plot Summary

When an assignment in Sweden ends badly, master assassin Jack (George Clooney) retreats to the Italian countryside with the intention of remaining anonymous. In an uncharacteristic move, he becomes friends with a local priest and pursues a torrid romance with a beautiful woman (Violante Placido). But by stepping out of the shadows, Jack may be making a fatal mistake.

Cast: George Clooney, Violante Placido, Thekla Reuten, Paolo Bonacelli, Johan Leysen, Bruce Altman, Irina Björklund, Filippo Timi

Director: Anton Corbijn

Genres: Drama , Action , Thriller

Production Co: This Is That Productions, Greenlit Productions, Smoke House

Distributors: Focus Features

Keywords: Love , Pursuit , Friendship , Suspenseful , 2010s , Love interest , Temptation ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 70
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    With its retro pacing, its pretentious lapses and its narrow emotional range, this elegantly crafted existential thriller risks alienating its audience; at times it feels like a test for attention deficit disorder. show more

  • 50
    Kirk HoneycuttThe Hollywood Reporter

    Nothing really adds up, and the ending is downright absurd. You would like even the most austere, doctrinaire existential movie to earn its downbeat ending. This one fails utterly to do so. show more

  • 75
    Carrie RickeyPhiladelphia Inquirer

    Heavyhearted without being heavy-handed, Corbijn's lyrical movie is about a man who has built his own cell and become his own jailer. show more

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